Is it morning in America or midnight in America? Prominent political analyst and commentator Glenn W. Smith and Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer discuss the Democratic and Republican conventions and presidential politics.
Among topics covered on the show:
1. The juxtaposition of the tone and messages of the two conventions. From the Democrats' upbeat, we're strong enough to meet challenges together, to Trump's fascist "only I can save us."
2. Bernie Sanders. The extraordinary job he did advancing progressive causes within the Democratic Party. He did this while focusing in the end on beating Trump. Together, these accomplishments are unprecedented.
3. The Trump-Putin-Russian connection. Glenn has focused energy on this issue and believes the story is only going to get bigger
4. Effects on red states like Texas, post-election, of a Clinton win -- and of a Clinton loss.
Glenn W. Smith, a former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post, is director of the Progress Texas PAC, is a regular op-ed columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, writes a weekly column for Quorum Report, and is a frequent contributor to Rag Radio.
A prominent Democratic consultant, Glenn managed Ann Richards' winning Texas gubernatorial campaign in 1990, has coordinated national campaigns for MoveOn.org, has worked for former Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, and served as a senior fellow at George Lakoff's Rockridge Institute in Berkeley. Smith is the author of the acclaimed "Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction," a book which calls for a revolution in our political practices.
Glenn has been a regular and invaluable contributor to Rag Radio over the years, helping us put the weirdness and complexities of our political world into context. Listen to our earlier Rag Radio interviews with Glenn Smith here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Rag%20Radio%22%20glenn%20smith.
Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today (VeteransToday.com). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 53:11.